Have you or a family member suffered internal bleeding, stroke, or another injury due to the defective drug Xarelto? If so, you need to file a Xarelto lawsuit to compensate for financial losses such as medical costs. Our law firm can provide a skilled Xarelto lawyer to fight for your legal rights.
As you may have seen in Xarelto commercials, the heavily advertised drug is a form of anticoagulant, or blood thinner. Taken orally, Xarelto is designed to prevent blood clots, which can stop the flow of blood to vital organs. For older anticoagulants, physicians prescribed individual doses to each patient. But Xarelto is sold as a one-size-fits-all blood thinner, prescribed in a single, uniform dose of one 10 mg tablet, swallowed without food, taken once or twice daily.
Tragically, the drug can have devastating Xarelto side effects. Among these is uncontrolled internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. More specifically, Xarelto can cause brain hemorrhaging and abdominal bleeding as well as abnormal liver function and lowered platelet levels.
With uncontrolled internal bleeding, a patient can bleed to death without any visible signs. Pools of blood can collect inside the body, and if this blood is close to the kidneys, lungs, brain, or other vital organs, the flow of blood to that organ can be cut off. As a result, the organ can lose vital function. Because of this, Xarelto lawsuits are becoming more common.
A stroke can also be caused by blood clots. Despite the fact that Xarelto is designed to prevent blood clots, the drug can actually cause blood clots. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has received reports to this effect.
Xarelto side effects include muscle spasms, itching, and fainting. Other, more serious side effects include loss of movement in any body part; coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; having black or bloody stools; having tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness, especially in the feet and legs; having unusual bleeding that won’t stop; or feeling as if you’re about to pass out. The catastrophic side effects of internal bleeding can persist until the drug is flushed from the system by means of repeated blood transfusions or until the patient dies.
Xarelto victims must be hospitalized. Xarelto cannot be flushed from the system by dialysis, and unlike warfarin, the industry’s standard for blood thinners for more than 50 years, Xarelto has no antidote when internal bleeding occurs. (With warfarin, administering Vitamin K can reverse the problem.) Many victims are beginning to discover that they have the potential for a Xarelto lawsuit and are in need of a case review. A good Xarelto lawyer not only understands the devastating effects of the drug but will also work hard to help families set up a claim against the manufacturer.
There has been no Xarelto recall to date. However, that may change if more injuries surface.
Xarelto was approved by the FDA on Nov. 4, 2011. It was FDA-approved to reduce stroke risk in patients with abnormal heart rhythm or non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Xarelto was also approved for patients recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery. On Nov. 2, 2012, the FDA expanded approved uses of Xarelto to include treating deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) as well as lowering the danger of both situations after treatment. Xarelto was approved to reduce blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, as well.
The active ingredient in Xarelto, which is a brand name, is rivaroxaban. It is sold by Germany’s Bayer HealthCare and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals to compete in the $10 billion blood-thinner market, including drugs like Pradaxa, made by German competitor Boehringer Ingelheim.
So far, it’s competed well, with Xarelto making $1.3 billion in sales in 2013. As for Pradaxa, it made more than $1 billion in sales in 2011, its first year on the market, before Xarelto was available. Both Xarelto and Pradaxa at first were considered more convenient and safer than the previous industry standard, warfarin. Warfarin requires changes in lifestyle and diet as well as regular checkups. It also brings a risk of brain hemorrhage. Warfarin doses must be regulated and often revised.
Entering the market a year before Xarelto, Pradaxa had immediate success but was one of the top drugs resulting in deaths reported to the FDA, with 542 deaths reported, often from uncontrolled bleeding. Though it functions differently than Pradaxa, Xarelto has been found to cause irreversible bleeding. This has led to a recent increase in Xarelto lawsuits by victims and their families.
Pradaxa inhibits the formation of thrombin, an enzyme that can cause blood clots. Xarelto inhibits the protein called Factor Xa, thus interrupting the process of blood clotting and preventing thrombin from forming.
Xarelto can cause severe injuries. Many believe these injuries have been downplayed by the manufacturer in order to make more profits. This contention can help form the basis of a personal injury Xarelto lawsuit from an experienced drug law firm.
Do you believe you may be eligible to file a Xarelto lawsuit? Xarelto victims can seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering due to Xarelto side effects, and injuries with a Xarelto lawsuit. Contact our law firm today for a free case review of your potential suit. Let a Xarelto lawyer help you seek the payments you deserve for your injury.